Tesla joined forces with Southern California Edison (SCE) to form a hybrid station that is capable of powering 2,500 homes for an entire day. When two worlds collide, great things can happen. This is a case of a forward-thinking electric company looking at alternative energy sources – and guess what – it worked. Mira Loma energy storage station is now an eco-friendly 20-megawatt facility backed up by 396 Tesla Powerpacks and 48 Inverters.
Grid Energy Gaps No Longer
As a solution to the loss of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Station, SCE and Tesla created “the world’s largest electron-storing solutions to life in less than six months,” according to Engadget. Seizing on an opportunity to showcase renewable energy storage capabilities, Tesla jumped right in and delivered its battery suite to the grid location. The end result: installation in 94 days and the realization that utilities won’t have to fill energy gaps any longer.
Tesla’s Powerwall 2 Inverter
To understand the battery power behind Tesla’s Inverter, here is a quick microcosm snapshot of their residential model:
Powerwall 2 is a compact, stackable, built-in solar energy inverter that can power a two-bedroom home for a full day. In true Tesla fashion, the Powerwall 2 performs like no other inverter on the market. Powerwall can store the maximum amount of solar energy and keep your home separate from the utility grid. It also acts as an energy safety net if your home loses power – keeping your lights, Wi-Fi, and fridge on while your home comes back to life. According to Musk, “you can take a four bedroom house, and power the sockets, lights, and fridge for an entire day.”
Reducing Reliance on Fossil Fuels
Now just imagine a fleet of commercial Powerpacks and Inverters backing up a power grid during peak summer hours in Southern California where most everyone is running their AC’s on full blast. CEO Kevin Payne made it clear that Tesla Powerpacks and Inverters are here to stay and have been a part of the long-term strategy for SCE for some time.
By harnessing power from the grid during times of surplus, Tesla’s super batteries are able to do the one things solar and wind power cannot: store electrons for later use. Solar and wind power must be used immediately or its lost forever. The Mira Loma energy storage project is poised to revolutionize an industry reliant on fossil fuels to generate electricity. Built in record time and capable of powering countless Southern California neighborhoods, this is a giant leap forward in sustainable energy.